* Posts by MrT

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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Move #1...

... in the ElReg annexation of News International.

Phase two will be signalled by the key word "boffin" being read out by Sky Newscasters, and the introduction of 'linguini' and 'brontosaurus' in any story that requires accurate dimensions to be conveyed. Steer clear of introducing the ones about volume for now...

Fare thee well!

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Software woes keep NASA's new crewed missions grounded

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"Tell me this isn't a government operation."

Sounds like a square canister into round hole problem all over again...

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(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

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"... I have no interest in childish double-entendres." ... - A. Dabbs, Esq., 14/4/17

Normal service has been resumed. Rumours of an airborne snatch squad descending on unsuspecting pedestrians walking stifly along between gym and newsagent have been greatly exaggerated...

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

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Re: Moby

I'm not worried at all, one of these mornings if the rebrand all goes wrong they will look back in and say "At least we tried..."

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Game authors demand missing ZX Spectrum reboot royalties

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Re: I'm confused

That's what happened with some of the software I wrote back then (Speccy and QL). Eventually they've all ended up as freeware, some earlier than others, always by agreement with the publishers.

In one case I wrote a program out of personal interest, and could have made much more by publishing it in a series of articles. However, it caught the eye of one publisher and so I worked with a couple of people to release it for sale. The profits were never the aim, and whatever was generated, even up to as late as last year, was offered to me if I should choose, or could go to a charity (changed from time to time by the publisher - the last one was UNICEF). On the 30th anniversary of the publisher bring in business, we agreed to retire that last title to freeware.

None of what I wrote would have been included on the Vega or Vega+, (they weren't games), but permission should always be sought where possible - I was always asked before anything happened and can understand why those affected by this would be annoyed, even if they only wanted to see evidence of their contribution to a charity.

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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Too big to flush...

The Man Who Knew Too Little

Hawkins: Spencer, did you flush?

Wallace: I think she's going to do that. Don't you, pal? I'll ask her. Lori!

Hawkins: [quietly to Daggenhurst] He's taking to her!

Roger: She's still in the bowl?

Hawkins: Maybe he tried to flush her, but she floated back up!

Roger: Tell him to flush her! Spencer knows how to deal with floaters.

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".. I have no interest in childish double-entendres."

Come again...?

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Shout through the letterbox

You forgot to confirm the order with "Yes! Yes!! YES!!!" ...

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Sorry to be pedantic but...

... chickens the size of oxen might be useful, if a tad unruly...

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

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Re: succesful standard

And the PS/2 port for mice/keyboards.

The Model M keyboard set a high standard that many modern items still struggle to beat...

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Hang on...

... F-35A and F-35C are having problems not burning up, so that's a rare plus point for the B. Frying pans - who knew?!

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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Nice one, Team Reg...

Has anybody seen my chameleon? It wandered over this article, made an odd clicking noise, and now I can't find it anywhere...

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Pirate of the Caribbean to play Hacker of the Caribbean

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Quick...

... add Idris Elba or Wesley Snipes to the list. Or Whoopi Goldberg...

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US Customs sued for information about border phone searches

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Re: JD...

... "shower shorts!" Season 3 - nicely remembered :-)

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: Progress bar lies

Some that use a clock end up guessing then adding more time (for example, deleting a snapshot on a VM, which I see more on VirtualBox than others, but YMMV).

Others equate number of files copied as equivalent to percentage complete, regardless of size of the file, or other associated housekeeping that needs doing, so the progress bar goes in fits and starts (punctuated by long stops).

Then there are ones that split up the install into 'initialise', 'copy files', 'install files', 'configure system', 'post process cleaning', 'removing backups', etc., each step with a run-through of a full 100% progress bar.

And those that reckon to offer a /q "silent" install, but still wait for occasional confirmation key presses, usually at 20% through a 2 hour process that you walked away from after 10 minutes, but didn't notice for an hour or so.

Too many different ways for software to give me the irrits, TBH. Impatience sucks like a limpet on a lemon...

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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"Alexa, lock the doors...

"...and then vacuum the landing pad."

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Norfolk County Council...

... are almost permanently featured somewhere in Private Eye. Child 'M', foster carer fiasco, Children's Services rated inadequate, winning the Eye's 'Whitewash Award for Local Government' in 2015, etc. They've a reputation of burying the truth and protecting NCC officials, so don't expect anyone to be named as responsible for this latest dropped bollock any time soon, if at all.

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Re: but what if..

I also know my own name is rare but there's at least 5 that live within 50 miles of me(one owns a fish and chip restaurant that I keep meaning to try out).

Ah, so you are really Sgt. Elvis Presley? ;-)

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Boffins Rickroll smartphone by tickling its accelerometer

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Re: Night-clubs

Sooooo, that's what Skrillex was all about...

This could end up like an audible version of Barcode Battlers.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: It only makes it easier to crack...

Apart from the double-letters, 'Password rules are bullsh*t!' would appear to be acceptable... password.kaspersky.com reports "Your password will be bruteforced with an average home computer in approximately 10000+centuries".

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ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

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وای نه. ما واقعا به دنبال به جلو به که روتر

Don't worry - TalkTalk have a bunch of really good routers that they can let you have...

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Raw TRAPPIST-1 data lands tomorrow for crowdsourced hijinks

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That star moves about a lot...

"At 44 light years distance..." - most sources have it at 39-40ly (Wikipedia has it at 39.5 ± 1.3ly).

Which is roughly 12 parsecs, not nearer 14, Rey... I'd request a new Reg Standard Unit, but the Kessel Run usually took 18 parsecs, so it needs to be more specific - HSKR or MFKR, maybe...?

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Slack quick to whack account hijack crack

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it's good to hear...

...when a company gets it. This sort of thing needs an award of some sort, as an antidote to all the 'up yours' responses and "we take security very seriously" empty canned statements from leaky megacorps.

Design idea for the award - an exclamation mark, in purple...

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US Congress to NSA: How many Americans do you illegally spy on?

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Hoover?

Cover up? Give us a Clue...

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Re: The Shadow

Of course it ended up in a tree - that's where squirrels live. After all, it is The Shadow, and it never misses...

I wonder if this one had 'Amy Hardwick' on the nose art?

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Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

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Re: It sounds like the old Windows cruft idea

Android keeps logfiles that build over time. If you've a Samsung device, dial *#9900# and select the second option on the menu that this opens - "Delete dumpstate/logcat" - I tried this on an old Galaxy S2 that had slowed to a crawl and saved well over a gig of internal storage - the phone's now usable again and updates as much as it is able.

The same trick also worked on an S3, though that has a different memory model and wasn't complaining about running out of storage - it has made it more reliable though, since it was crashing daily when running its TRIM routine on internal RAM, something that hasn't happened since clearing those logfiles.

YMMV, and AFAIK that code only works for Samsung - worth a try if that's you. It doesn't need root access either.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

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Re: I still have my Psion netBook

Nice - IIRC there was a choice of leather cover, though lots got shipped with black or dark blue. I was looking at either a Series 7 or netBook Pro after happily using an original Series 5 for a few years. In the end, falling laptop prices and a donated US-spec 5mx kept me happy. Laptops come and go, but I've still got both S5s in the attic.

I used to travel on the train a lot, and remember writing some of my editorials for CastleCops on the original S5, then hooking up my Motorola T250 handset over IR to email them off to be published. The OPL language was easy to use too.

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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SAAB...

... for example - plenty still on the roads, physically maintained etc.

Now extend the 'out of business' idea to a car model deemed 'out of date' by the manufacturer - "Sorry mate, that's the Model 3. The latest software only applies to Model 3S or later". What then? Choose to have a fair chunk of the purchase disabled (the self-drive functions) as it is now uninsurable? Scrap the car?

There would have to be a way of keeping or maintaining vehicles in those sort of situations, just like you can still maintain a Jag E-Type these days, 40 years after production finished...

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SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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Re: Near miss?

Not sure - just watching the post-launch news conference to see if it gets mentioned. At that altitude it's probably something that came off as part of the staging - it's just before the re-entry burn that puts the booster on a different trajectory.

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Top-down rocket-eye view...

... of the landing is here...

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Black Mirror...

Shut Up and Dance...

I've only used black gaffer tape on the kids' laptop, until they grew out of the stage where Cbeebies games with their face on the Tellytubby sun were fun - there are loads of games like that. The Logitech golfball I use on this one has a flip-down cover, and is so old the drivers kick up a fuss, so sits unplugged on the shelf behind me.

Times move on, though - selfie cameras on phones will be much more common these days, and many digital assistants are always listening...

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: HTFU?

Special hammers are covered in the "How To..." section of the FU .man file.

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

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Shields up!

"Polarise the hull plating"

Maybe having cockroaches that can withstand even more punishment is an advantage? Of course, Rentokill will now have to start bringing phase cannons to clear out an infestation, and the collateral damage may be spectacular...

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Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

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Re: Traveling in the Donner Pass Has Improved

Mr Plow fighting through the drifts to deliver extra-hot chili sauce.

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Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

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Re: Battery box...

Ha! They had a reputation, but this wasn't a bad one - we kept it for another 9 years and 65k-ish miles, but had to scrap it after the rear subframe failed when the car was worth buttons. Shame, because it was a nippy little thing. It still had most of the older 205-style chuckability, which finally got killed off with the lardy 207,

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Battery box...

We had a Peugeot 206 1.4LX petrol, third owner, only 3yrs old when it came to us. The battery box is a large item in the engine bay, but it contained a weedy 225CCA (cold cranking amps) battery that occupied about half of volume - it even had a small booster board under it so that the restraining strap was secure.

When it failed, as all eventually do, I replaced it with a decent brand 650-odd CCA battery normally fitted to the leccy-roofed Coupé-Cabriolet model, which filled the battery box completely. The difference in price was only about £15-20, but the car started immediately and was generally a lot healthier (no charging problems either). It's not always the case that bigger is better, but was right for that engine, just not factory-fit for that exact hard top model.

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Openreach reshuffles top brass, brings in BT bods to make biz more independent of BT

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Efficiency...

If Openreach sent the right person for the job each time, they'd get most things done in one visit. Instead, since many of their experienced engineers have left, it always seems to take at least three visits over several months to get even basic BT line connection work done. Sorting that would save money and boost customer confidence.

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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VIFFing and the Falklands conflict...

@Dave 15

From a bit of a dig around, this PDF doc from the RAF (particularly around p108) reads like they knew about VIFFing but didn't really use it. All the Harrier kills were by AIM-9 Sidewinder (newer L variant, compared to the older G units used up to the conflict), so there's a chance VIFFing could have been used to help acquire targets, but by and large they didn't engage in dogfighting.

Sea Harriers shot down:

9 IAI Daggers (Mirage V equivalent)

7 A-4 Skyhawks

1 Mirage III

...and 3 other aircraft.

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Canadian telco bans a little four-letter dirty word from texts: U B E R

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Re: why

Blocking on a single word is a bit ... übermäßig.

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Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

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Re: Spaced!

Great series. I got the collector's edition DVD box set about a decade ago, and had a giggle at the Homage-o-meter subtitle track - the second set of subtitles pop up with all the film references, as they play out, that are made in the episodes...

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New measurement alerts! Badgers, great white sharks and the Lindisfarne Gospel

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Re: There's something fishy about that standards page.

'Mine is the one with the alternative universe in the pocket."

Only one?

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'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

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Re: Agile makes us cogs

What's in a name? A recent Computing survey asked if I'd used Agile or Waterfall methods in the last project. "Agile" sounds great to PHBs, involving the opinion of others, and therefore 'a good thing' whereas "Waterfall" sounds like top-down overloading of things, dictatorial, and by default 'a bad thing'. It's like the creators of the Agile system have never heard of 'designed by committee'.

If Agile had been called "Stuck In Meetings" instead, it might not have been as popular.

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Facebook ‘Happy Birthday’ lawsuit rolls on

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Art imitating life...

... or vice versa?

Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror episode "Nosedive". What if everything depended on 'likes'? The happiest were the ones who opted out (like the truck driver).

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Facebook ad biz comes under scrutiny in MPs ‘Fake News’ probe

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Re: The problem is stories taken out of context via Facebook-sharing etc

Nicely put. Private Eye is my favourite source of stories, both serious and not-so. Good satire done well holds a candle up to the truth.

",,,it tires you out, totally wastes your time, and you can never beat it."

George Carlin (attr.) — 'Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.'

Mark Twain (after Immanuel Kant)— 'Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.'

George Bernard Shaw — 'I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.'

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Texas cops lose evidence going back eight years in ransomware attack

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Mens rea...

... See no evil, hear no evil always springs to mind.

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Tesla sues ex-manager 'for stealing 100GBs of Autopilot secrets'

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Re: Didn't Elon make all the Tesla stuff open-source?

The patents might be open-source, but the implementation by Tesla won't be. They'll invest plenty in their version of things based on the open patents, just as other manufacturers would, each trying to build what they would say is the best implementation at whatever point on the tech/cost/legislation/etc. scales they choose to operate.

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

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Re: HOW???

I've still got my side rule in the attic, along with other things that speak of skills from a different pre-CAD age in engineering...

What astounds me is that tests like these were carried out on a seemingly unprepared fashion. Typical dosage tables should have been worked out beforehand, checked by someone qualified, and if possible administered if not by then at least in the presence of someone medically trained.

Giving it in orange juice would have the body thinking "ooh, it's a cream cake!", resulting in the mixture being absorbed into the blood more quickly, a bit like alcopops, for an event more immediate effect, reducing the window of opportunity to vomit much of the unabsorbed caffeine solution out as the mistake was realised (assuming the experimenters were that aware).

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Re: Numbers

Yeah, we teach "estimate before you calculate", which has been flipped more recently to "... before your computer calculates" for things like spreadsheet work.

Still, no matter what the experience of the person calculating, sometimes it all goes out of the window. I've mentioned in these hallowed forums before that I used to work with a very experienced senior engineer who used to have his old Sinclair Executive calculator as a sort of trophy on his desk. It reminded him off the times he dropped howling mistakes using it when it was the newest thing, before coming to his senses (or had them pointed out) and realising the answers went against years of experience. Although he and I barely overlapped in employment, the rest of the office used it as an example of the need to double-check everything the new design PC (single) printed out, before committing it to ink on the drawing board.

That was in building services engineering design - nothing like as critical or immediate as on the ground in medical experiments...

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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To be Frank...

... going further and adding AI to agri kit might have unexpected results...

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I don't care what your eyeballs tell you. Alternative fact is, we've locked up your files

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Re: I am reminded of General Melchett...

Melchett: Now, I've compiled a list of those with security clearance, have you got it Darling?

Darling: Yes sir.

Melchett: Read it please.

Darling: It's top security sir, I think that's all the Captain needs to know.

Melchett: Nonsense! Let's hear the list in full!

Darling: Very well sir. "List of personnel cleared for mission Gainsborough, as dictated by General C. H. Melchett: You and me, Darling, obviously. Field Marshal Haig, Field Marshal Haig's wife, all Field Marshal Haig's wife's friends, their families, their families' servants, their families' servants' tennis partners, and some chap I bumped into the mess the other day called Bernard."

Melchett: So, it's maximum security, is that clear?

Blackadder: Quite so sir, only myself and the rest of the English-speaking world is to know.

IoT security strategy in a nutshell!

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